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U.S. tiltrotors: a brief history

Writing by Tolip on Thursday, 4 of December , 2008 at 12:25 am

After tens of years of development and tens of billions of dollars spent on the project, the world’s first production tiltrotor aircraft, the V-22 Osprey entered service with the U.S Marines. There is still a lot of controversy surrounding this aircraft, so how exactly did it all begin?

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Category: Military Aircraft,US Military Aircraft

F-86 Sabre vs MiG-15 “Fagot”

Writing by Tolip on Monday, 10 of March , 2008 at 11:11 pm

Over the skies of North Korea some of the most intense jet dogfights took place between USAF pilots and their F-86 Sabres and North Korean and Russian pilots flying the MiG-15 “Fagot”. This is the story of the first dogfight between the two rival aircraft. See pilot Bruce Hinton claim first blood for the F-86 Sabre. (Read more…)

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First flight of the Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E

Writing by Tolip on Tuesday, 4 of March , 2008 at 1:14 am

On February 19, 2008 at 11:25 Moscow time the Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E advanced multi-role fighter made its first flight. Flown by Sukhoi test pilot Sergey Bogdan from Zhukovsky airfield near Moscow, the test flight lasted 50 minutes and the set flight program was performed in full. The new “Super Flanker” is expected to be delivered to the Russian Air Force in 2010 and reach initial operating capability in 2011. Currently, another two planes are completed and are to join the first prototype in a series of test flights. The Su-35 will enter service under the name Su-27SM2.

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No room for error

Writing by Tolip on Friday, 29 of February , 2008 at 1:52 am

Another great story from the History Channel’s TV series “Dogfights”. Using state of the art computer generated imagery, the series manages to give the viewer a better perspective of what it is like to partake in aerial combat. This is the story of Art Fiedler and his victories in a low level altitude dogfight. Watch P-51 Mustang pilot Art Fiedler tell his story as he battles German FW-190 down on the deck, where there is no room for error. (Read more…)

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North Carolina delivered to US Navy

Writing by Tolip on Monday, 25 of February , 2008 at 10:21 pm

North Carolina (SSN-777) was delivered by Northrop Grumman Newport News to the United States Navy. The North Carolina is the last ship of the First Block, following the USS Virginia (SSN-774), the USS Texas (SSN-775) and the USS (SSN-776) that are already in service. Also, the brand new Virginia class attack submarine will be the fifth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the 12th state. (Read more…)

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Spirit down

Writing by Tolip on Monday, 25 of February , 2008 at 9:48 pm

A US Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber crashed on the island of Guam Saturday morning ( local time ). The B-2 was part of the US Pacific Air Force and crashed shortly after takeoff from Andersen Air Force Base. Both of the pilots survived the crash and will supply the necessary information to the board of investigators that is assembled to evaluate the incident. This is the first time a B-2 stealth bomber crashes. The $1.2 billion B-2 Spirit is one of the most advanced stealth aircraft currently in service. (Read more…)

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T-90 main battle tank

Writing by Tolip on Friday, 22 of February , 2008 at 9:51 pm

The T-90 is the latest development in the T-series of Russian tanks and represents an increase in firepower, mobility and protection. It is manufactured by Uralvagonzavod in Nizhnyi Tagil, Russia. The T-90 is currently the most modern tank in the Russian Ground Forces and Indian Army arsenal. The successor to T-72BM, the T-90 uses the gun and 1G46 gunner sights from T-80U, a new engine, and thermal sights. Protective measures include Kontakt-5 ERA, laser warning receivers, the EMT-7 electromagnetic pulse creator for the destruction of magnetic mines and the Shtora infrared ATGM jamming system. (Read more…)

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Algeria returns 15 MiGs due to quality issues

Writing by Tolip on Tuesday, 19 of February , 2008 at 10:31 pm

Algeria will return 15 Russian built MiG-29 SMTs back to Russia due to inferior quality of certain components and units. Deliveries of the aircraft started in March 2007 as part of a $1.28 billion contract for 35 units: 29 MiG-29 SMT and six MiG-29 UB trainers. After only 15 aircraft delivered Algeria decided to return the aircraft claiming that the quality of the delivered products is inferior to what was expected. It is possible that the Russians will offer Algeria the more advanced MiG-29 M2s or MiG-35s. (Read more…)

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P-791 hybrid airship project

Writing by Tolip on Monday, 18 of February , 2008 at 9:09 pm

January 31, 2006 marked the maiden flight of the P-791 experimental hybrid airship. Developed by Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs aka Skunk Works, the P-791 hybrid airship was flight tested at Lockheed Martin’s flight test facility on the Palmdale Air Force Plant 42.

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Long Odds

Writing by Tolip on Wednesday, 19 of December , 2007 at 10:20 pm

The History Channel brings viewers incredible WWII air combat stories in the series “Dogfights”. This is an excerpt from the series, showing the amazing story of Stanley W. “Swede” Vejtasa who, facing long odds, managed to outmaneuver, outsmart and defeat 3 A6M3 Zeros with a SBD Dauntless dive bomber. (Read more…)

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Ace in a day

Writing by Tolip on Tuesday, 4 of December , 2007 at 10:36 pm

On April 7, 1943, James Elms Swett, division flight leader in Marine Fighting Squadron VMF-221 became an ace on his first combat mission. He shot down 8 enemy aircraft and was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor. His amazing achievements and mastery of the Wildcat were recreated using computer graphics for the History Channel series “Dogfights”. James Swett tells the story of that amazing day, when he became ace in just 15 minutes, on his first ever combat mission.

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P-47 Thunderbolt Gun Cam

Writing by Tolip on Monday, 3 of December , 2007 at 9:35 pm

The American Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was the largest single engine fighter of World War II. Almost 15,000 Thunderbolts, also known as the Jug, were manufactured. Designed as a fighter, the P-47 Thunderbolt was highly effective at high altitudes were it maneuvered very well. The Thunderbolt proved itself in the ground attack role, and in honor of that, the A-10 Thunderbolt II was named after the legendary Jug. This is gun camera footage, showing the P-47 Thunderbolt in dogfights and ground attack runs. (Read more…)

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Funny USAF air drops

Writing by Tolip on Wednesday, 28 of November , 2007 at 9:17 pm

Sometimes, things don’t really go quite as planned for the mighty US Air Force. Of course, bad things can happen to anyone, but these air drops have gone horribly wrong. This video has probably been around for years. But it is really funny. And we all need a good laugh sometimes.

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Kamov Ka-50/52 Hokum A/B attack helicopter

Writing by Tolip on Wednesday, 28 of November , 2007 at 1:11 am

The Kamov Ka-50/52 is the world’s first coaxial attack helicopter. The Ka-50 Black Shark and Ka-52 Alligator have entered service with the Russian Army in 1995. Developed in the mid 1980s, the Kamov Ka-50 Black Shark is also the world’s only single seat attack helicopter and the first production helicopter to be fitted with a zero-zero ejection seat.

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Dassault Rafale omnirole fighter

Writing by Tolip on Tuesday, 27 of November , 2007 at 1:55 am

The Dassault Rafale is the latest generation multi-role fighter produced by the French company Dassault Aviation. The Rafale is a twin-engined delta wing 4.5th generation fighter similar in concept to the Eurofighter Typhoon, that entered service with the French Air Force ( Armee de l’Air ) and the French Navy ( Marine Nationale ).

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